HC Deb 18 May 1965 vol 712 cc1195-6
22. Mr. George Craddock

asked the Minister of Power if he is satisfied that the National Coal Board is dealing adequately with the mine shaft which nearly engulfed Mr. Jonathan Bairstow in a garden in Challis Grove, West Bowling, Bradford; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Frederick Lee

The National Coal Board has informed me that coal was worked under this area over 100 years ago but, although plans of the old workings exist, they do not show a shaft on this site. The Board's liability under Section 151 of the Mines and Quarries Act, 1954, has, therefore, not been established, but it is nevertheless filling in the hole and the work should by now have been completed.

Mr. Craddock

Will my right hon. Friend follow this matter through and see that it reaches a satisfactory conclusion, since obviously this accident could have led to very serious consequences?

Mr. Lee

Yes, Sir, I understand that, but the local authorities have certain powers in such cases. I have said that the hole is now, as I hope, completely filled in. If there are further representations which my hon. Friend would like to make, I shall be very pleased to receive them.

Mr. Allason

Will the Minister erect a notice saying, "Don't go down the mine, Daddy"?